The director of such films as The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile has been forced to rename his new television show to Lost Angels. Screenwriter and director Frank Darabont had originally named the show L.A. Noir, but Rockstar Games sent him a letter warning him that they would sue him if he used the name. While the show may have some minor similarities to Rockstar Games' film noir style video game, it is actually based on writer John Buntin's 2009 nonfiction title of the same name.
In a recent interview Darabont explained the name change:
"The videogame company with the videogame called L.A. Noire (with an e!) threatened to sue the shit out of me, TNT, every company that actually ever worked in Hollywood," Darabont explains. "And they have the billions of dollars to back it up, apparently."
Instead of fighting it, Darabont decided that it would simply be better to rename the show.